Base / Station:  RCAF Station Claresholm

Dates of Operation or Period of Information: 

  • 1941-45,
  • 1951-58

Integral Units:

  • 15 SFTS
  • 3 FTS
  • Pilot’s Gunnery School
  • Station Flight

Remote Units:

Unit Duties / Information: 

  • 15 SFTS formed 9 June 1941 as a multi-engine school
  • 3 FTS formed 1 Aug 51 as a training unit for NATO aircrew
  • PGS formed
  • Stn Flt formed to provide refresher training and inter-base travel

Aircraft Flown: 

  • 15 SFTS
    • Anson,
    • Crane,
    • Tiger Moth,
    • Menasco Moth,
    • Hurricane (only 1)
  • 3 FTS-
    • Harvard,
    • possibly Chipmunk
  • PGS-
    • Harvard
  • Stn Flt-
    • Harvard

Commanding Officers: 

  • Wing Commander H.L. Campbell       Jun – Nov 1941
  • Group Captain W.E. Kennedy              Nov 41- Jan 45
  • Squadron Leader C.V. Mark                 Jan-Feb 45
  • Wing Commander R.F. Gladden         Feb-Mar 45
  • Squadron Leader S.A. Bushell            Mar-Apr 45
  • Squadron Leader F.R. Hardy              Apr-May 45
  • Group Captain D.G. Price                    Sep 51-

Financial Impact:

Date / Reason for Closure: 

  • 15 SFTS: 30 March 1945, end of aircrew training requirements
  • No.3 FTS:  25 Aug 58, reduced need for training
  • PGS:
  • Stn Flt: 25 Aug 58, close of station

Current Status:

civilian airfield, all runways (3 active) and taxiways still exist, most hangars still exist, suspect other base building still exist

Related Links:

RCAF Aerodrome Claresholm, Alberta. Image frome the RCAF Pilots Manual of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases circa 1942.